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March 5, 2013
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  • Many children with autism overcome delayed speech
    U.S. researchers looked at 535 children with autism spectrum disorder who did not attain phrase speech before age 4 and found that 70% acquired phrase speech and 47% acquired fluent speech after age 4. Children with higher scores in nonverbal intelligence tests and lower levels of social impairment were more likely to overcome language delays, and sooner, the study in the journal Pediatrics showed. News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Risk of musculoskeletal pain higher in teens with hypermobile joints
    Double-jointed teens had a nearly twofold greater risk of suffering from musculoskeletal pain in their shoulders, knees, ankles and feet in adulthood than those without hypermobile joints, a case-control study in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism showed. The most frequently reported pain experienced by teens with hypermobility in their joints was lower back pain, researchers reported. Family Practice News (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Close oral health practice gaps, help satisfy MOC part 4 requirements
    Pediatricians play a vital role in the oral health of children. Every well child care visit is an opportunity to assess the risk for early childhood caries, educate families and make referrals. The newly released EQIPP course: EQIPP Oral Health in Primary Care delivers vital tools, information and resources pediatricians need to identify oral health practice gaps and close them -- for good. Enrollment fees are subsidized by the AAP. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Track RSV seasonal trends
    Respiratory syncytial virus causes acute respiratory infections, especially in infants and young children. In the U.S., RSV generally circulates during fall, winter and spring. However, the timing and duration of RSV seasons vary by region and year. Information about local RSV trends can help clinicians make decisions about RSV testing and providing immunoprophylaxis to high-risk patients. A summary of the RSV seasonal trends from 2011 to 2013 is available in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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